Mission & Philosophy

Our Mission

Oakland Catholic High School is a Christ-centered, college preparatory school for young women of diverse backgrounds. The Oakland Catholic community is committed to an environment that promotes spiritual formation, excellence in education, a wide range of activities and athletics, and service to others. Formed under the patronage of St. Joan of Arc, Oakland Catholic High School is dedicated to teaching young women to lead lives of faith, courage and commitment as they lay the foundation for their future as responsible and respected global leaders.

Our Philosophy and Goals

Oakland Catholic High School, a Roman Catholic school, dedicates itself to providing a value-oriented, college preparatory education for young women in an atmosphere that regards the Churchʼs values as catalysts for action.

We serve several constituencies: The Bishop and the Diocese of Pittsburgh, the students and parents, and the broader community. Aware of the dignity of students in our care, we fulfill our mission by developing their spiritual, intellectual, and personal potential. Spirituality, Scholarship, and Service represent the focal points of our mission and philosophy.

Set in the heart of the cityʼs academic, cultural and healing center, Oakland Catholic High School offers students opportunities that come in todayʼs urban setting while inspiring them to prepare for tomorrowʼs global needs. We offer a variety of courses that challenge each student to achieve her fullest potential. We develop the analytical and independent thinking skills that are needed for a lifetime of learning. We teach decision-making grounded in morality. We promote a respect for God, self, and others through retreats, liturgy, prayer, and service opportunities.

Rooted in Gospel values, the Oakland Catholic community holds itself and its students accountable for the development of healthy, creative, and expressive women who are encouraged to use their God-given talents in pursuits that satisfy both personal and communal needs.

OC Quick Facts

- We are the only all-girls Catholic high school in Western PA


- We are located in the heart of the academic, cultural and healing center of Pittsburgh


- We have a diverse population of 550 - 600 students


- We have a retention rate of over 90%


- 100% of our graduates go on to pursue higher education


- Research indicates graduates of an all-girls schools are three (3) times more likely to pursue engineering in college